Philippine Army

Army chief leads 1ID change of command ceremony

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LABANGAN, Zamboanga del Sur, PIA (March 21) —LtGen. Glorioso V. Miranda, commanding general of the Philippine Army bid farewell to retiring Major General Gerardo F. Barrientos, Jr. and ushered in the new 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division commanding general during the change of command ceremony at Camp Major Cesar Sang-an, Pulacan, this municipality.

Barrientos relinquished his position to Brigadier General Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Sandiwa” Class of 1985 and former commander of the Presidential Security Group (PSG).

Barrientos retires this March after serving 2 years and 8 months as commanding general of Philippine Army’s premiere division.

A member of the PMA “Matikas” Class of 1983, Barrientos served as former deputy commander of the 4th Infantry Division based in Mindanao.

“I am forever grateful to the local chief executives and other stakeholders for actively supporting the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) ‘Bayanihan’ campaign of the Philippine Army,” Barrientos said adding that it is the blueprint of the Philippine Army in addressing insurgency problem by winning the hearts of the people.

Barrientos said with their support, he was able to efficiently and effectively accomplish the army’s mission in making Zamboanga Peninsula a peaceful place to live in.

The outgoing commander said he spent the best 40 years of his life as an army and it was satisfying, fulfilling and full of meaningful lifetime experience as he served the Filipino people.

LtGen. Miranda lauded Barrientos for having successfully painted the blueprint of the IPSP “Bayanihan” campaign. Meanwhile, the army chief is optimistic that BGen Bautista will successfully lead the troops to attain its mission.

“To be the new commander of Tabak Division is a very stressful job but I am confident that you can perform your job efficiently,” Miranda said adding that he knew him for a long time and worked together in the battlefield during their stint in the 1st Scout Ranger Regiment.

“Continue the success that your predecessor has laid down to achieve lasting peace and progress in our area,” Miranda urged. (ALT/GCC-PIA9/Zamboanga del Sur)

Source: Gideon C. Corgue /


Philippine Army Welcomes 110 Skilled Professionals and Athletes for Training

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Capas, Tarlac– The Philippine Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), under Brig. Gen. Casiano C. Monilla welcomed one hundred ten (110) strong students of special enlistment in an opening ceremony at the TRADOC Grandstand in Camp O’Donnell, Capas, Tarlac yesterday afternoon March 2, 2017.

The said special enlistees who are composed of highly skilled professionals and athletes will undergo 6 months rigorous military training at the School for Candidate Soldier, TRADOC under its Commandant Col. Radito Sese.

The following are the professional sports and skills of the students: Martial artists, basketball, volleyball and badminton players, marathoners, dragon boat, musicians, computer programmers, researchers, welders, electricians, drivers and many other skills.

The 6-month training will equip the students the needed education and skills that an individual needs in serving the country as a soldier. After graduation, they will join the Philippine Army’s Special Services. They will continue their passion as athletes and skilled professionals.

During the ceremony, Brig. Gen. Monilla congratulated the students for joining the noble profession of arms. He said that the training is a reward in itself in his message. “It will hone your knowledge and skills of basic soldiery and develop your competence as you prepare to be the defender of our constitution and our nation. These training exercises are not designed to make your life difficult but to ensure that you develop the discipline required of a professional soldier who obeys orders and accomplish missions”. Brig. Gen. Monilla said

The reception rite was witnessed by some relatives and loved ones of the students.

Soldiers, PDEA seize P500K worth of Shabu in Maguindanao

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Two platoons under the 33rd Infantry Battalion, together with anti-drug enforcers, exchanged fire with unidentified gunmen Saturday morning in an anti-narcotics operation in Maguindanao, resulting in the seizure of about P500,000 worth of illegal drugs, the Armed Forces (AFP) said.

The soldiers and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) officers stationed in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) encountered about 15 armed men at Barangay Lipao, Datu Paglas, the AFP said in a statement.

After a firefight that lasted an hour, the AFP and PDEA captured 2 men and confiscated one M16A1 rifle and about 70 to 80 grams of what is believed to be methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) with an estimated street value of half a million pesos, plus various drug paraphernalia.

The firefight also resulted in 2 injuries on the government side due to shrapnel wounds. They were taken to the nearest hospital.

VIDEO: Two soldiers were slightly injured in the firefight with lawless elements in Bgy Lipao, Datu Paglas town in Maguindanao

According to Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, commander of the 33rd Infantry Battalion, the AFP was in pursuit of the rest of the group. The Armed Forces fully supports the government’s anti illegal-drug operations, Cabunoc said.

The PDEA was put in charge of the government’s war on illegal drugs, after the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG) was disbanded on account of the death of Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo at the hands of rogue officers.

Earlier this year, Duterte tasked the military to assist the PDEA during their anti-drug operations.

While the AFP is waiting for an executive order from President Rodrigo Duterte to formalize its role in the country’s anti-drug war, AFP chief Gen. Eduardo Año said his men were ready to join PDEA operations.

The move to include the AFP in the administration’s war on drugs drew flak from Duterte critics including Senator Leila de Lima, who said the president’s order as commander-in-chief could only be used under certain conditions.

How to join the Philippine Army

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For Officer Candidates that will undergo Officer Candidate Course (OCC), he/she must possess the following qualifications:

  • Holder of a baccalaureate degree;
  • Natural-born Filipino
  • 21 to 29 years of age upon admission (no age waiver);
  • Single and never been married; never borne or sired a child;
  • Height of not less than 5’0 ft. (152.4cm) both for male and female, but not more than 6’4” (193.04 cm);
  • Of good moral character;
  • Physically, mentally and psychologically fit for active military service (P1 profile);
  • Armed Forces of the Philippines Service Aptitude Test(AFPSAT) raw score of 71 or higher;
  • Must have passed other pre-entry written examinations given by the Philippine Army (Army Qualifying Exam (AQE) & Special Written Exam (SWE)); and
  • Must pass the Physical Medical Exam and Physical Fitness Test conducted in the Philippine Army thru PAOSC

For Officer Candidates that will undergo the Officer Preparatory Course (OPC), he/she must have the following qualifications:

  • Commissioned in the Reserve Force as second lieutenant
  • Must not be over 31 years old on the date of Called to Active Duty (CAD);
  • Physically, mentally and psychologically fit for active military service (P1 profile);
  • Holder of a baccalaureate degree;
  • Height of not less than 5’0 ft. (152.4cm) both for male and female, but not more than 6’4” (193.04 cm);
  • Of good moral character;
  • AFPSAT raw score of 71 or higher;
  • Must have passed other pre-entry written examinations given by the Philippine Army (AQE & SWE); and
  • Must pass the PME and PFT conducted in the PA thru PAOSC

Applicants must bring the following initial requirements:

  • Original Transcript of Records
  • Original College Diploma
  • NSO-Issued Birth Certificate (Original)
  • Valid Identification Card
  • 2×2 Picture

Click here to download OCC/OPC Application form.

Be an Enlisted Personnel:

For Candidate Soldiers, he must possess the following qualifications:

  • Natural-born Filipino citizen
  • With 72 units in college or if a high school graduate, must possess technical skills/talents needed by the AFP;
  • 18 yrs old but not more than a day older than 26 before the date of appointment as Candidate Soldier;
  • At least 5’0” or 60 inches in height. Similarly, height waiver is no longer issued by the Command;
  • Single and without child;
  • Of good moral character;
  • AFPSAT score of at least 45;
  • Must have passed the pre-qualifying PFT and PME; and
  • Physically and mentally fit for military training

To be qualified in taking the AFPSAT, the candidate must bring the following         documents:

  • Original Transcript of Record/Form 137
  • Original College Diploma
  • Original Birth Certificate (NSO)
  • Valid Identification Card
  • 2×2 Picture

Click here to download Application form.

As a member of the Philippine Army, one can get competitive pay and allowances, opportunities for post-graduate studies both local and abroad, insurance and healthcare benefits, billeting and house privileges, job security, leadership and other skills trainings, an opportunity to lead the Army and opportunities for career advancement.

Pay and Benefits

  • Pay and allowances(Monthly Gross)
    • Candidate Soldier – P15,765.00
    • Private (Enlisted Personnel) – P22,204.00
    • Offcer Candidate – P33,665.00
    • 2LT (Call to Active Duty) – P36, 945.00
  • Insurance and healthcare Benefits
  • Billeting and housing privileges
  • Job security
  • Leadership and other skills trainings
  • Opportunity for career advancement based on performance
  • Opportunities for Post graduate Studies both within the country and abroad
  • An opportunity to lead in the Army



Fort Andres Bonifacio, Taguig City
Landline: (02) 845-9555 local 6843
Cell phone: 0921-975-5548
Facebook: Army Recruitment office-luzon


Camp Lapu-lapu, Lahug, Cebu City
Landline: (032) 231-5157
Cell phone: 0916-640-5919
Facebook: army recruitment visayas


Camp Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City
Landline: (088) 850-5279
Cell phone: 0939-954-7673/0927-332-1077/0926-467-4644/0917-712-1222
Facebook: army recruitment office mindanao


Interested aspirants may inquire at the nearest Regional Community Defense Groups (RCDGs), and any Army Units listed below.

  • Headquarters Philippine Army (Fort Bonifacio, Makati City)
  • 5th Infantry Division (Gamu, Isabela)
  • 7th Infantry Division ( Nueva Ecija)
  • 1st RCDG ( Pangasinan)
  • 3rd Infantry Division (Iloilo City)
  • 8th Infantry Division (Catbalogan)
  • 53rd Engineering Brigade (Cebu City)
  • 1st Infantry Division (Zamboanga City)
  • 4th Infantry Division (Cagayan de Oro)
  • 6th Infantry Division (Cotabato City)
  • 11 RCDG (Davao City)

For more information, please visit the Philippine Army website

Año is new AFP Chief of Staff

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ltgen-eduardo-ano-csafpLieutenant General Eduardo M Año was named Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines during ceremonies held on December 7, 2016, in Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City. Lieutenant General Año succeeded General Ricardo R Visaya, who is set to relinquish his post as he reaches the mandatory age of retirement.

Lieutenant General Año was commissioned on March 11, 1983, after having graduated from the Philippine Military Academy that year.

Año, one of the youngest in his batch, is the 3rd among the classmates to become AFP chief. The first was General Hernando Iriberri.

As part of his continued education, he took the Israel Counter Terrorism Center (2002) and the International Officer Intelligence Course at the U.S. Army Intelligence Center in Fort Huachuca, Arizona with a perfect rating of 100% (1993). He is also a graduate of the Scout Ranger Course.

Año was credited for scoring some of the biggest arrests of communist leaders including the once elusive Communist Party of the Philippines chairman Benito Tiamzon; The neutralization of President Duterte’s known friend, the Davao-based New People’s Army (NPA) commander Leonardo Pitao alias Kumander Parago, who was killed in a military encounter in June 2015. He also led the hunt for retired Major General Jovito Palparan, who is accused of kidnapping and serious illegal detention.

Prior to his appointment as Commanding General of the Philippine Army in July 2015, he commanded the Army’s 10th Infantry Division, and, before that, was Brigade Commander of the 201st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.

The Lieutenant General also served as Chief of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and, before that Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence.

Lieutenant General Año is set to retire on October 26, 2017.  [Source:]

ASEAN Armies Combat Shooting Competition Kicks off in Capas, Tarlac

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Capas, Tarlac– The ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet (AARM) 2016 kicked off after the joint flag raising ceremony of combat shooting contingents from (10) ASEAN countries at the AARM Grandstand in Camp O’Donnell, Capas, Tarlac at 7:30 a.m., November 21, 2016. The competing contingents are Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunie, Philippines, Laos, Myanmar, and Cambodia. After the flag raising ceremony, the army shooters started their controlled practice at the machine gun and pistol ranges. This international combat shooting event will culminate on December 7, 2016.

Commanding General Philippine Army Lt. Gen. Eduardo M. Año was the guest of honor and speaker during the ceremony. Gen. Año, was accompanied by the Task Force AARM Commander Brig. Gen.Herminigildo Franciso C. Aquino and members of the Executive Committee. The contingents were led by respective contingent commanders in honoring the flag of the member-state.

During the speech, Gen. Año said that champions are not born but they are made. “To be a champion, one must have the dream and the will”, Gen. Año said.

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Aquino who is also the Commander of the Philippine Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), highlighted that this international event will help improve the capabilities of the soldiers as they are exposed in an international shooting match against the best armies in Asia. “Aside from promoting the goodwill and cooperation, the Philippine army soldiers will be able to showcase their marksmanship skills”. Brig. Gen. Aquino said.

The AARM is an annual combat shooting competition of ASEAN armies.

CPT ALBERTO C CABER /Chief, Public Affairs / Email: / Facebook Fan Page: Training and Doctrine Command, Philippine Army / Mobile Number +639176308501

45th IB Celebrates 39 Years of Service to the Filipino people

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Message of Brig. Gen. Arnel dela Vega; Commander, Joint Task Force Sulu during the 39th Founding Anniversary of 45th Infantry (Gallant) Battalion, 16 Oct 2016, Talipao, Sulu.

“It is with deep pleasure, honor and privilege to greet and congratulate the officers and men of the 45th Infantry (Gallant) Battalion as you celebrate the founding Anniversary of your unit.

Forty one years ago 45IB was initially formed in Samar in the early part of 1975 by the directive of no less than President Ferdinand Marcos to General Fortunato Abat.

On O5 July 1977, the 45IB as a provisional battalion was activated and exactly 39 years ago, by 24 October of 1977, 45IB became a Regular Battalion of the 3rd Infanry Division.

Your battalion saw action in different places in the Philippines and involved in numerous operations from Samar in the Visayas, to Basilan and Zamboanga Peninsula in Mindanao then to Bicol Region, Ilocos Region, Cordillera and Cagayan Valley in Luzon then back to Mindanao in 2010 particularly in Maguindanao; and today you are here in Sulu.

Your battalion has seen the steady hands of numerous commanders from the very first one in the name of LTC WILFREDO DUBLIN; to then MAJOR VOLTAIRE GAZMIN who became Commanding General of the Philipine Army and later Secretary of National Defense; to the longest serving commander of 45IB COL AMADO ISIDRO whose two years and seven months of leadership earned 45IB the much coveted awards of Best Battalion in Operations in 1982 and Best in Administration in 1983 both at the Philippine Army level.

The young generation of commanders of 45IB contributed immensely in the success of your unit as seen in 2010 with the recovery of 42 High Powered Firearms in Maguindanao and your being Champion of the 6th Infantry Division’s Company Challenge and Squad Challenge under the leadership of then LTC MARVIN LICUDINE.

The 45IB became the 6ID Best OpCon Battalion in TRIAD operations in 2013 under LTC DONALD HONGITAN while in 2015 during the Mamasapano incident, your unit then under LTC ROMEO BAUTISTA, is one of the battalions who reinforced our beleaguered troops from the PNP SAF and you were instrumental in the rescue of 30 survivors and recovery of 44 Killed In Action and 10 Wounded In Action.

The officers and men of 45IB altogether steered your battalion to achieve and reach the status it has now as one of the primary fighting unit of the AFP now in Sulu to achieve another milestone in the colorful history of your unit.

I enjoin every member of 45IB now under the able leadership of LTC RHENANTE SALVADOR to continue the same aggressiveness, passion and zeal in doing your assigned tasks as you did before in the past.

Let the officers and men of 45IB personify your unit seal in serving our people particularly here in Sulu. May the horse head symbolizing strength and speedy action be your mantra in our quest to destroy lawless elements and rescue people held captives.

May your gallantry in action be protected by the shield which also symbolizes our commitment as protectors and defenders of our citizens and humanity.

May the laurel leaves pave the way for the much needed cooperation and collaboration between our troops and all stakeholders here in Sulu as we stand for the values and attitudes of noble men in uniform in pursuit of peace and goodwill for all.

As we celebrate the 39th year of the founding of your unit; and as a tribute to those members who recently paid the ultimate sacrifice in serving the country by laying down their precious lives, may I request everyone to rise as we acknowledge their names.

Our Salute to:

Pfc Roger Warde, August 2012, encounter in Datu Piang, Maguindanao

Pfc Randy Bacalso, February 2014, encounter in Datu Piang, Maguindanao

Pfc Jesus Tabije III, June 2014, encounter in Datu Unsay, Maguindanao

Pfc Arwin Gambol, October 2014, encounter in Datu Hofer, Maguindanao

Pfc Bryan Salazar, October 2014, encounter in Datu Hofer, Maguindanao

Pfc Jeffrey Carino, July 2016, encounter in Patikul Sulu.

Let us offer one minute of prayer for them.

May the heroism and sacrifice of those before us inspire everyone to serve with more passion and conviction to achieve our mission here in Sulu.


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